Heart attack – the main factor is air pollution in the city of Bengaluru. Cardiologists are shocked and puzzled after noticing a steady stream of patients being admitted with heart attack.
Views of Doctors on Air pollution causing heart attack :
Doctors world over are finding an increasing correlation between air pollution, traffic and cardio vascular diseases and heart attack.
It is unsurprising that auto and cab drivers constitute youngsters being admitted for heart treatment at Jayadeva Hospital. The other big factor contributing to heart diseases is expose to noise pollution.
Heart attack cause is air pollution :
For many years the biggest cause for heart attack were cholesterol and hypertension. But in recent years, air pollution has become the major cause.
Worsening environmental air quality/air pollution is causing cardio-vascular ailments/heart attack to people in their 40’s. This view was aired by doctors at a discussion on ‘non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) prevention and control in Karnataka’ organized by the Institute of Public health.
Quality of air contributing to heart attack:
The findings were shocking. Frequent traffic jams and snarls are the causes for air pollution. Air pollution along with hypertension (B.P) is very aggressive than the cholesterol contribution in causing heart attack.
Particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers will get absorbed into the blood vessels. It affects the beta cells on pancreases where insulin is produced.
All the above mentioned will manifest in heart attack.
Study at Jayadeva about air pollution:
Researchers at the Jayadeva institute have studied around 500 traffic policemen for the effects of air pollution on them. Preliminary investigations have revealed that most of the people were part of the study were indeed victims of air pollution.
Bengaluru west had accounted for a higher concentration of particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometres and 10 micrometres at Srirampuram and Bagalur areas respectively.
The areas in Bengaluru East has accounted for higher concentration of carbon monoxide.
According to Dr. Manjunath the other factor is sitting for a long time at workplace. Sitting constantly for 5 to 6 hours is equal to smoking 5 to 6 cigarettes .